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This opening is for a Mechanical Engineer to become part of the PPPL collaboration team in performing mechanical design and analysis work for new equipment/diagnostic additions to the D3D fusion reactor and worldwide. A component of our team produces diagnostic devices for other fusion reactors around the world.
This position will be at PPPL position located at General Atomics, San Diego, Ca. 92121.
DIII-D is a fusion device located at San Diego Ca. It is the largest device in the USA. This high temperature fusion device requires continual support for its systems, upgrades, and new additions.
Mechanical Engineer responsibilities
Design subsystem support for equipment, functionally and physically:
Electron Cyclotron Heating
Lower Hybrid Current Drive
Perform mechanical analysis using Solidworks, with COMSOL, preferred for thermal, mechanical, seismic, and lifetime analysis.
Support the physics team with development of optical and spectroscopic plasma diagnostics diagnostic. Experience with this hardware and its operation preferred.
Balance workday between multiple projects and respond immediately to tech support requests from staff as required.
Support projects at D3D as part of the Engineering Collaboration Special Projects Team---this is D3D wide and involves jobs that overlap our teamâ™s skill set.
This job is located at General Atomics, San Diego, Ca. 92121.
Education and Experience:
BS in Mechanical Engineering
1-2 years combined experience with student internships and regular full-time experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of seismic analysis techniques
Fundamental understanding of vacuum systems
Have knowledge of 3D printers (plastics printing for prototypes).
Ability to work with others and contribute to a larger team effort across several time zones as needed.
Experience in working with prints, tolerances, and design evaluation.
Experience in working with shop equipment to fabricate prototype design concepts.
Familiarity with Structural Design
Basic understanding of dynamic mechanical systems
Understanding of optical designs
Experience with optical design software
Knowledge with operation with ultra-high vacuum equipment
Lift up to 50 pounds
Ability to run cables under a raised floor or along a dropped ceiling,
Ability to stand for long periods of time (when needed),
Ability to sit at a computer for extended periods (most frequent).
Expected travel for conferences: 1-2 weeks per year;
Flexibility to accommodate lab test times or off-site collaboration (expected during the 2nd and 3rd years)
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